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"A horse, a horse!  My kingdom for a horse!"  by William Shakespeare

The Saddle Pals have returned to health and are ready for new quality loving homes.  Some of the horses are trained English and some western.  Most of the time, HPS has horses that would be suitable for a child's first horse.  No horse can teach a child to ride and it is important to have an adult who can work with the child or have the child take riding lessons.

The horses have been evaluated and ridden by HPS members and a professional trainer.  Most will still need reconditioning since they have been ridden consistently only once a week.  Saddle Pals are available for a $100 placement fee.

We do not have any horses that are appropriate for riders weighing over 145 pounds at this time.  Horses shown by appointment only.  Contact or
call (704) 855-2978.

To be able to figure the right size horse for you, click below and read:


CLICK HERE  'Application for Equine Placement'.


Autumn, 18 year old  Warmblood mare. 15 hands.  Beautiful bay color. Nice conformation.  Excellent health. Confident trail horse who will lead the trail, ride the middle or bring up the rear.  Loves trails.  Crosses water.  Loads easily. 
Autumn is not for a beginner rider and needs an experienced horse person.

Click on the photo to learn more about Autumn.

Bandolero, 10 year-old Quarter Horse cross gelding.
Rescued September 9, 2013.
Bandolero is doing great under saddle.
Learn more about Bandelero in the
October edition of Over Herd.

Cayenne June 2015

Cayenne, rescued August 2013, starved and pregnant. She is a red dun mare. She was placed in a temporary foster home until she foaled her sweet boy, Black Pepper, in April 2014 and was returned to the sanctuary 6 months later. Read her intake story in the September 2013 newsletter and the story about her foal in May 2014 newsletter. Click her picture for more photos.

Chippewa, 6 year old Paint gelding.  14 hands
Rescued August 14, 2013. 
Chippewa has been placed back under saddle and is doing great.
Click on the photo to learn more about Chippewa.


Chicopee was rescued in April 2014 in Rowan County.

Chicopee is 12 years old and is easy under saddle. Nice little horse!  

Click the photo for more information.

 You can read his story in our May 2014 newsletter, Over Herd.



Desperado,  27 year old American Saddlebred.    15.2 hands  Rides English.  Sweet, steady disposition and playful nature.   Excellent trail horse.
Click on the photo to learn more about Desperado.


Flame, 27 year old Saddlebred cross gelding. 15 hands. Excellent health.  Lovely disposition and desire to please.  Wonderfully supple and responsive with smooth gaits.  Good ground manners.  Needs experienced rider especially for off property rides.  English.  Beautiful horse, photo doesn't really do him justice.

Click on the photo to learn more about Flame.

Freedom, 20 year old American Quarter Horse gelding.  15.3 hands.  English trained.  Needs experienced rider and horseperson.  Frequent but light riding (walk, trot, canter but no steep hills, jumping or tight turns) due to old racing injuries.  Big horse with big personality!

Click on the photo to learn more about Freedom.

Frosty,  16 year old
Quarter Horse-cross mare.
13.3 hands.
Arrived June 24, 2013
Frosty does well under saddle.  Not for a beginner.
Click on the photo to learn more about Frosty.


Honey Bun, 20-year-old Quarter Horse mare.  14 hands.  English or Western.  As sweet a little mare as her name suggests.  Missing an eye but has no difficulty.  Excellent trail horse.  Will lead or go out on her own.  Who needs gaited when they trot this smoothly! 

Click on the photo to learn more about Honey Bun.


          Kit Carson, 14 year old American Quarter Horse gelding.  
Rescued September 17, 2011. 

Kit Carson has an issue with diarrhea.  We have found a probiotic that is helping. If you want a great well trained horse, please consider Kit Carson.

Click on the photo to learn more about Kit Carson.

Pecos, 6 year old Paint gelding with no color.  15.1 hands. 

Pecos has had three months professional training under saddle. 

Click on the photo to learn more about Pecos.

Salida, Quarter Horse mare.
Salida can carry a light weight rider.
She has been given a long rest due to a tendon issue. 
Click on the photo to learn more about Salida. 

Rain, 10 year old
Quarter Horse mare  
Arrived June 26, 2013
If you like a challenge, Rain is the horse for you.
Click on the photo to learn more about Rain.

Strudel, 21 year old silver bay
Connemara-cross mare.
12 hands.  English & Western. 

Cart trained.  

Strudel can display the pony stubbornness .

Click on the photo to learn more about Strudel.




Sparrow arrived March 2014.  Rescued from Caswell County. Click on Sparrow's picture to see her photo at rescue.

Sparrow is doing great and back under saddle. 

You can read about Sparrow and her rescue in the April 2014 newsletter, Over Herd.

Tacoma, 14 year old Standardbred gelding.  15.2 hands. English-trained
trail horse. 
Needs experienced horse person.   

Click on the photo to learn more about Tacoma.

Want to see our horses in action? Check out this video of several of our horses involved in the training program, and some of our boys playing. 

Click here for video.


Please consider becoming an Angel Sponsor for one of the many horses at the sanctuary ($20 per month or more).  As an Angel Sponsor, you are welcome to come and spend time with your horse on any Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The average cost for HPS to take care of a horse is over $250 per month.  The Angel Sponsors aid HPS to provide care to the horses.

Important Note:  Once you log into your Paypal account to donate, please look for where it says "Donation intent" and click on the "+" sign.   In this space, please make a note of where we should apply your much appreciated donation! 

Horse Protection Society
2135 Miller Road, China Grove NC 28023
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